As consumers become more aware of virtualisation, the big computer companies are ramping up their efforts into utilising the technology in our everyday lives. We spoke to senior solution architect at Intel Australia Peter Kerney to find out Intel's views of the future of virtulisation.
PCA: What are customers wanting to see from virtualisation?
PK: Virtualisation is one of the tools that a customer may use to realise their IT goals. Different customers have different outcomes that they are expecting from the use of server virtualisation.
As mentioned, some of the uses for virtualisation are reductions in power and thermals and an increase in server utilisation through server consolidation. Others might be looking for the flexibility that virtualisation gives to meet the agility requirements for their IT organisation.
Also there is the disaster recovery usage model that may be the driving factor for some. There is no one specific value of virtualisation that is the driver for every enterprise.
PCA: What do you think the next new development in virtualisation will be? How far do you think this technology can be taken?
PK: Intel is working on a number of new technologies that make its products the platform of choice for virtualised environments. The only ones that can answer this question are the customers and how virtualisation can solve their IT business problems.
What is Intel currently doing in this space and where do you think the organisation will be headed in the future?
Intel works very closely with all members of the virtualisation ecosystem. We not only have teams working on hardware features to assist in virtualised environments, we also have other groups that are working with the major ISVs such as VMware, Microsoft and the open-source communities.
We also work with the enterprise customers to understand what they need from our products to help them solve their business problems.